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This is a truly attractive medal-set: 'Winterschlacht im Osten 1941-42' (or: Eastern Front medal) being a neatly maker- (ie. '19'-) marked specimen that comes packed in its original pouch of issue as was produced by the: 'E.Ferd. Wiedmann'-company as was based in the town of Frankfurt am Main as recently found and that comes in an overall very nice (ie. issued- but IMO hardly- ie. never worn- and thus 'virtually mint'-), condition. The medal came together with its original, non-confectioned- (and approx. 19 cms. long-sized-) ribbon and came packed in its neat ('Zellstoff'-based-) and/or: reddish-brown-coloured, carton pouch. The medal - which is a nicely preserved zinc- ie. 'Feinzink'-based specimen - was IMO issued but never (or hardly) used. The medal has a somewhat 'matted' (ie. greyish-blue-) coloured age-patina and was most certainly never cleaned nor polished and therefore are details and/or finish still very nice and/or crisp. The pouch comes in a nice and complete condition: it is fully functional and shows the printed makers'-mark of the: 'E.Ferd. Wiedmann'-company (as is printed on its back as stated above). Simply a neat and very nicely preserved (and matching!) 'Winterschlacht im Osten'-medal-set that is IMO accordingly priced!
The neat 'KvK II. Klasse m. Schw.' is a truly bright golden-bronze-toned- (and/or: 'Buntmetall'-based-) example that comes together with its somewhat shortened (ie. approximately 13 cms.-long-sized-) and/or non-confectioned and nicely folded, ribbon (ie. 'Bandabschnitt'). The award was probably issued and was IMO hardly or even never worn: it comes as stated above together with its non-confectioned- and/or pre-folded (ie. nicely orange-red-coloured) ribbon as issued- and/or stored for decades. The neatly (fairly bright-) golden-toned-, bronze-like finish and pronounced detail are still very nice and bright: the piece truly retains almost all of its original (somewhat shiny) finish and was never polished nor cleaned. The award bears the clearly present makers'-signification: '133' stamped into its ring as more often. Of additional interest is, naturally, the fact that the makers-code '133' is not identified to date. I have never had an award on offer having this makers'-signification and I deem that this is quite a rarely seen specimen. Simply an attractive example by an to date unidentified maker that will be hard to be upgraded! I deem that this example would merit further investigative work.
This is an attractive - and actually quite rarely seen! - mustard-yellow-coloured- and/or: typical linnen-based WH (Luftwaffe ie. Heeres) so-called: 'tropical-issue' gas-cape-pouch (or: 'Tasche für Gasplane') being a maker-marked example that comes complete with its (rarely seen!) period-, beige-coloured- and/or: rubberised contents and that comes in an overall nice (ie. 'virtually mint- ie. unissued'-) condition. The neat pouch is as stated above a maker-marked example that shows a makers'-designation (which has been faded-away over the years and that is regrettably non-readable anymore). The pouch retains both its period push-buttons (as produced by the 'Prym'-company) which are a bit stained, but which are of course still functional. The pouch was found with its original contents: being a rubberised cape (ie. 'Gasplane') that is nicely maker-marked: it bears the 3-digit code: 'PCD' and shows the numerals (ie. text): '303/44/5 - 80 Op/Ark' as executed in blue-coloured ink, signifying that it was specifically produced for arctic- and/or: tropical areas (ie. 'Arktische- o. Tropen-Gebiete' as can be seen on the pictures). These yellow-coloured gas-cape-pouches were often seen being worn by the German LW para-troopers (ie. 'Fallschirmjäger') but saw usage within all branches of the : 'Deutsche Wehrmacht'. The set shows some storage-staining only but is void of any damage or alike. Simply a neat and not that often-encountered piece of 'tropical-issued' WH-equipment!
The truly very attractive cross - which is a typical minimally vaulted- (ie. somewhat converse-) shaped and IMO quite early-period example - has never been cleaned nor polished and retains an attractive age-patina and/or nice, pronounced detail as to be expected. This example - which is an evident and neatly maker- (ie. 'L/53'-) marked specimen as was produced by the desirable maker: 'Hymmen & Co.' based in the town of Lüdenscheid - comes naturally firmly mounted on its original- (and naturally unaltered and/or fully functional-) flute-shaped- (and non-magnetic- ie. copper-based) pin and/or typical catch (-set-up). The cross - which is a magnetic example - shows a neatly 'blackened'- and/or fairly 'satin-like'- (ie. somewhat 'matted') inner-core that shows hardly any wear nor paint-loss: it has, however, clearly been issued and/or worn and is still a bit stained and/or dirty (it was never cleaned though but has lost its polished sides ie. 'hochpolierte Kanten' over the years). I deem that I have priced this attractive, IMO early-period 'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse' by the: 'Hymmen & Co'-company accordingly!
This is a truly attractive - and/or fully matching and actually scarcely encountered! - pair of WH (Heeres) IMO mid-war period- (ie. 'M43'-pattern-) enlisted-mens'-type-shoulderstraps as was piped in the desirable bright-green- (ie. 'wiesengrüner'-) coloured branchcolour, as was intended for - and most certainly worn by! - a: 'Soldat der Panzer-Grenadier-Truppen' (ie. simple soldier who served within an infantry-related, so-called: rifle-regiment ie. unit) and that comes in an overall nice (albeit clearly used- ie. moderately worn-), condition. The neat shoulderstraps - which are both 11,2 cms. sized in length - have the field-grey-coloured- and/or: woolen-based 'upperdecks' and have the neat (and desirable!) bright-green- (ie. 'wiesengrüner'-) coloured- and/or: desirable 'silk-like'-type, piping, attached. The pair comes naturally mounted on its functional tongues and does show as stated above moderate wear, usage and/or age. It should, moreover, be noted that these (IMO mid-war-type-) 'Panzer-Grenadiere'-shoulderstraps are actually much more difficult to encounter than the (more often encountered-) 'M44'-pattern straps (having the same, bright-green-coloured-) branchcolour. Simply an attractive - and scarely found! - EM-type, 'Panzergrenadiere'-shoulderstrap-pair that belonged to a: 'Soldat der Panzer-Grenadier-Truppen'!
This is a truly attractive - and IMO early-pattern- and actually rarely seen! - example of a (regrettably!) empty etui as was intended to store a: 'Wiederholungsspange zum EK I. Klasse' (or bar to the WWI IC first-class) and that comes in an overall very nice- (albeit issued and/or IMO minimally used-), condition. The black-coloured- and semi-leather-based etui comes in a wonderful (and fully undamaged!) condition and shows a fully preserved, silver-coloured eagle-device (ie. illustration of a 'Wiederholungsspange zum EK I. Klasse') on its top (as can be seen on the pictures). The piece originated from a private household and was never before part of a collection. The etui shows, however, some minimal age- and/or storage-marks but is nevertheless very nicely preserved (as can be seen on the pictures). The etui has of course a fully functional, chrome-steel-based- so-called: block-pattern 'closing-system' in place (as can be seen on the pictures). It should be noted that these etuis for the 'Wiederholungsspangen zum EK I. Klasse' are quite scarcely encountered and are not that often appearing on the market. The piece can excellenty be used to store for example a: 'Wiederholungsspange zum EK I. Klasse' as was produced by the maker (ie. 'Hersteller'): 'B.H. Mayer's Kunstprägeanstalt' based in the town of Pforzheim. I deem that this attractive 'Wiederholungsspange zum EK I. Klasse'-etui is accordingly priced!
The neat 'KvK II. Klasse m. Schwerter' (or: war-merits'-cross second class with swords) is a minimally darkened- and bright golden-bronze-toned- (and/or: 'Buntmetall'-based-) example that comes together with its full-length (ie. approximately 25 cms.-long-sized-) and/or non-confectioned and/or nicely pre-folded ribbon (ie. 'Bandabschnitt'). The award was probably issued and was IMO hardly (or even never) worn: it comes as stated above together with its non-confectioned- and/or pre-folded (ie. nicely orange-red-coloured) ribbon as issued- and/or stored for decades. The golden-toned-, bronze-like finish and pronounced detail are still very nice and bright: the piece truly retains almost all of its original (somewhat 'shiny') finish and was never polished nor cleaned. The award bears the clearly present makers'-signification: '74' stamped into its ring as more often denoting that it was an example that was produced by the (unusally seen!) maker (ie. 'Hersteller') named: 'Carl Maurer & Sohn' based in the town of Idar-Oberstein a.d. Nahe. Simply a very attractive 'KvK II. Klasse m. Schwerter' that is IMO accordingly priced!
This is a neat three-pieced-, WH (Heeres- ie. KM etc.) medal-bar (ie. 'Band- o. Feldspange') showing respectively the ribbons for a: 'Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten 1941-42' (or: Eastern Front- ie. 'Ost'-medal), a WH (Heeres o. Kriegsmarine): 'Dienstauszeichnung für 4 Jahre Treue Dienste' (or: 4-years loyal-service medal that is void of an attached eagle-device) and a: a: 'Deutsches Schutzwall Ehrenzeichen' (aka: 'Westwall'-medal) all three ribbons coming in an overall nice- (albeit used and/or moderately worn-), condition. All three ribbons are of the smaller (ie. regular-), ribbon-bar-size and measure approximately 1,5 cms. each as is more often encountered (the 'Bandspange' has a total length of approximately 4,5 cms. as can be seen on the pictures). The 'Spange' comes in a nice condition overall and is of course fully functional: it is 'backed' with a piece of grass-green-coloured wool (as can be seen on the pictures). The piece retains its functional pin-/catch-attachment (see pictures). This particular example was IMO moderately worn ie. used: it does show some usage-marks and/or minimal aging ie. wear. Simply an attractive 3-pieced-, WH-'Band-/Feldspange' having a not that often seen combination: great to decorate almost any TR-period tunic!
The very attractive cross - which is a non-vaulted ie. non-converse-shaped example as more often encountered - has IMO never been cleaned and retains a truly superb (and only minimally tarnished-) age-patina and/or great pronounced detail. This example - which is a magnetic example as more often seen - comes mounted on its original (and naturally fully functional-) 'regular-shaped' pin- and/or (typical) pin-catch set-up (see pictures). The cross - which shows a nicely preserved, 'blackened'- and/or fairly 'satin-like'- ie. somewhat 'shiny'-like 'inner-core' - shows hardly any wear nor age and is totally void of damage or alike: it retains a very nice appearance. It is just a bit dirty and tarnished simply caused by years of storage and/or moderate wear but retains a great unmessed-with and/or uncleaned, age-patina. Simply an attractive IC-first-class that was recently uncovered at a private household and that was never before in collectors-hands: I deem that I have priced this very attractive and untouched example accordingly!
These attractive 'SS-Germanische Leithefte' (or: SS-lead-booklets) were nicely illustrated periodicals (holding various photos and/or drawn illustrations on the subject matter) that were published in the period from 1934 to 1945: they only saw moderate distribution and are therefore nowadays not that easily encountered. These 'SS-leadership-magazines', as sometimes referred to, were initially only published in the German language in Berlin from 1934 onwards (and in the beginning mostly circulated among professional officers who served within the SS.) The publisher was the 'SS-Hauptamt', being the main office of the 'Reichsführer-SS', Heinrich Himmler. They were printed by a company named: 'M. Müller and Sohn' based in the town of Berlin. When war came, with need for new recruits, the 'SS-Leithefte' were also published at the various 'Germanische Leitstellen' (based in various European (capital-) cities such as: Oslo/Norway, Copenhagen/Denmark, Brussels/Anwerpen and Den Haag/The Netherlands. These specific 'foreign' examples were published in respectively Norwegian-, Danish-, Flemish- and/or: Dutch language. (There was also even an Estonian edition). The normative texts were usually translated from German, but with more room for national diversity as the war went on. The periodical's spiritual leader was called: 'Dr. Franz Riedweg', a Swiss physician who had joined the SS and became the head of Germanic Volunteer Recruiting Office, a division of the Berlin Main SS-Office. The example on offer here is Dutch-language-example (ie. so-called: 'SS-Germanisches Leitheft - 1. Jahrgang - Heft 2 - 1941') that retains all its 44-pages and has its period staples in place (of which one comes a bit loose). The piece comes in an overall nice- (albeit used- ie. read-) condition and just shows some minimal yellowing caused by decades of storage. Simply an interesting example of a Dutch-language-issued: 'SS-Germanisches Leitheft' that will be hard to be upgraded!
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